Nigeria: Authorities must arrest the attackers of the female student killed on alleged blasphemy

Amnesty International Nigeria condemns the horrific lynching of a female student of the Shehu
Shagari College of Education, Sokoto on alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed on
12 May 2022.

The lynching of the female student is deplorable, and authorities must ensure those responsible
for her death are immediately arrested and brought to justice, Amnesty International Nigeria

The Nigerian authorities must curtail the impunity that has led to an increase in mob violence
and arrests all those involved in this reprehensible act. A prompt, thorough, independent,
impartial and effective investigation must also be launched on all cases of mob killings,

Osai Ojigho, Director, Amnesty International Nigeria

The trending video of her death shows the female student repeatedly being beaten and stoned
in front of the school security post before tires were placed on her. A second video shows her
attackers clearly boasting about her death and the matches they used in setting her ablaze.

On 30 March 2021, Talle Mai Ruwa a popular water vendor was beaten and burnt to death in
the presence of his mother at Sade village in Darazo Local Government of Bauchi state on
alleged blasphemy after the angry mob overran the Community police station where he was
being detained.

Isma’ila Sani Isah remains in custody after the youths in the state held a protest at the palace
of the Sultan of Sokoto in July 2021 calling for the arrest and death of the young man for
allegedly posting a blasphemous comment on his Facebook page